Feb 152013

Mr. Yazoo and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day (we’ve got Christmas, then a bunch of January birthdays, then a whole bunch of February birthdays, so it’s too much present pressure), so this year I was surprised that I was all excited to do Valentine’s things for the kids and other people. It’s a non-romantic holiday for me, apparently!

Since we’re finally done having kids, I made my mom a complete set of mini Yazoo hand/footprint pot holders. Pot holders are totally my Achilles heel of sewing — mine always come out looking so home made! I get away with it only by sticking baby prints on them.
mini Yazoo pot holders and Valentine envelopes

I also made Valentine envelopes for the kiddos. Can you believe that these took me an entire night? I have unparalleled powers in making super simple projects take ages to complete. I kept sewing and ripping out the embroidery because it looked bad, so that added time. I also stamped the kids’ names on the front. A little while ago, Cosmo brought a silly little cheapie card to school, and he and another kid got into a fight over it because the other kid thought it was his. Mr. Yazoo let the other kid take the card home, and the next day, my mom sent Cosmo to school with another card that had his name on it. Heh!
Valentines envelope, back

The instructions indicate that buttons can be used to close the envelopes, and I thoughtlessly made a big buttonhole on Cosmo’s before I remembered that he wouldn’t be able to work the button. Then I replaced it with velcro and sewed on a felt heart to cover the hole and velcro stitching.
Valentines envelopes, inside

I also made glow stick favors for his classmates and kleenex pouches for his teachers. The tag says, “I’m sending all my love achoo!” Hee!
teacher kleenex pouches

Sep 262011

… Actually, they’re supposed to be tufted titmouse potholders for my friend who worked with those at a wildlife rescue, but since I totally ripped off poor Froth and Bubble’s fantastic mini quilt, I’m the mockingbird. Aheh.

The one on the left is really messed up — the square ended up funny to begin with, and then I tried to FMQ raindrops, but the potholder sandwich was thicker than I had adjusted my foot for, plus I didn’t baste anything, so the layers shifted all over the place. I’m still going to give it to my friend, though; I figure it’s always nice to have potholders for messy jobs. 😀

I think this is my first Christmas present done. Woot!

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Aug 132011

My sister and I were shopping for her mother-in-law’s birthday present the other day, and I offered to make her a present out of Dawnybear’s footprint. Then we realized that we should make three of these, so that my sister and parents could have ones, too. 🙂
footprint potholder for Stacy
I used Sugar Pop scraps and bicycles because my mom said she liked the bicycles. I used too much bicycle fabric on this next one, though!
footprint potholder for Jill
The potholders have two layers of the InsulBrite that my sister sneakily had paid for when we went to the store for her friends’ ribbon blankies’ supplies.
footprint potholder for Mom
I practiced my free-motion quilting on the backs, but only drew one picture for each because I was running out of time before my family was going to wake up. For my mom’s potholder, I made a flower like the one she draws for Cosmo when they’re playing crayons. 🙂
footprint potholder for Mom - the back
My stitches were really tiny and I had a hard time moving the fabric around, so I followed The Free Motion Quilting Project’s awesome instructions for modifying your fmq foot, and it was so much easier! Then I followed one of their neat patterns to make this daisy for my sister’s mother-in-law.
footprint potholder for Jill - the back
Finally, I drew hearts on my sister’s potholder because she likes hearts. I definitely need more practice on making hearts and text!
footprint potholder for Stacy - the back

I’m linking to the August Bloggers’ Dinner Party. Thanks, Lindsay Sews, for hosting it this month!

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